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Bed Buying Guide

The bed is the focal point of the bedroom and can set the tone and style for the rest of the room. Consider these tips to help you find a stylish and functional bed that's right for you.

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Bed Sizes

The last thing you want is cramped quarters that'll restrict your body's natural shift during sleep or, worse, lead to you falling out of bed and onto the floor. You also need to consider if you're going to be sleeping alone or with another. The most popular bed sizes are as follows:

  • Twin – 39 x 75 inches
  • Twin XL – 39 x 80 inches
  • Full/Double – 54 x 75 inches
  • Queen – 60 x 80 inches
  • King – 76 x 80 inches
  • California King – 72 x 84 inches

Choosing the Right Bed Design

A bed just doesn't look like a bed until that mattress is off the floor and cradled within a quality frame. A frame gives a bed structure, presence, and personality. Here are a few examples of the most popular bed frame designs offered at Hayneedle.com:

Platform Bed Platform Beds

The most common because it’s so beautifully versatile, platform beds have a fairly straightforward look featuring a low-sitting, solid base. The platform bed does not require a box spring and features a clean, minimalist design.

Sleigh bed Sleigh Beds

A classic bed with flourish, sleigh beds feature curved or scrolled boards for an enchanting look inspired by 19th century French sleighs. This is an ideal choice of someone who appreciates classic, antique style.

Panel Bed Panel Beds

Available in wood, metal, or an upholstered design, the panel bed includes a headboard and footboard in one piece and are great for being flat against the wall. The panel detailing is usually vertical and can include slats, raised panels, and inset panels.

Poster bed Poster beds

Poster beds, also called four-post beds, have an elegant bed frame that feature corner columns often with elaborate carvings for a truly majestic look. The posts usually have varying heights.

Canopy bed Canopy Beds

With a beautifully crafted bed frame, the canopy bed takes the ornate four-poster bed and adds connecting crossbeams ready to be dressed up with lavish fabric for a more dramatic presentation.

Decide on a Style

You can assemble a frame with everyday tools, so don't worry about the setup that comes from more elaborate designs. Just select one that's durable, dependable, and showcases a style to match your taste. The aforementioned frame designs come in themes ranging from traditional to modern. Don’t know the difference? Just like that fluffy comforter, we’ve got you covered:

Generally flaunts wooden construction with crown molding and turned or carved legs for a decorative touch. This style’s enduring quality will complement a larger variety of other home furnishings so even as you update the rest of your décor as years go by, your traditional bed will always tie the room together.

Make a statement with cool metallic and weathered finishes. The industrial style hides nothing, emphasizing every pronounced piece of its construction so as to catch the eye and excite the imagination. Think sharp lines and abrupt mechanical connections paired with luxurious linens. It’s a look that perfectly pairs the elegant with the rustic.

Rustic or reclaimed styles depict a country or cabin-inspired design consisting of lighter woods and distressed details for a rugged, antiqued appearance that radiates both warmth and character.

Few looks are as refreshing as the seaside bedroom. Crisp white linens and nautical décor in colors matching soft sand and cool waters make every trip to the bedroom feel like a relaxing retreat.

Delicate details and distressed finishes make up this vintage-inspired motif that adds undeniable allure to any bedroom.

Mid-century style puts function over frills, but novelty abounds with fun geometric shapes, organic curves, and soothing, clean lines.

Mission or Shaker-inspired pieces are defined by their exposed carpentry, hardy oak, and a rich stained finishes. Distinguished by simple design and materials, a good Mission piece showcases expert handcraftsmanship.

This unique approach to bedroom décor marries traditional and modern aesthetics to create something that’s timelessly tailored, yet fashion-forward with neutral-hued linens, lavish finishes, and fetching accents.

Cost & Budget

Designing or refurbishing your bedroom does not have to be overly expensive if you do it correctly. That's why it's important to have a plan in mind before you start buying pieces of Bedroom Furniture to complement your style. Buying the perfect four-poster bed and then not being able to afford the amazing bedding is pointless. Keep in mind your overall budget and the cost of the items (including all of the decorative elements) before starting, to ensure you have the right pieces at the right price. Research is essential.